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petercobber

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PostPosted: 06/25/2009 at 10:32 AM    Post subject: Clean your Bean link

I have a 2000 that is in need of some cleaning on the neck, headstock and hardware. Any recs for a good product or method for doing this? I used a wet cloth towel to get the heavy grime off, but it needs a deeper clean. The neck has no shine to it whatsoever, but I am not sure if that can be "cleaned".

Thanks in advance.

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BeanDip

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PostPosted: 06/25/2009 at 10:31 PM    Post subject: RE:Clean your Bean link

wadding polish. Don't get it on the wood. I believe that is what is recommended on this site. I have used it with very good results.

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petercobber

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PostPosted: 06/29/2009 at 1:43 PM    Post subject: RE:Clean your Bean link

Thanks, Beandip. I will try this.

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sol

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PostPosted: 06/29/2009 at 5:25 PM    Post subject: RE:Clean your Bean link

Mothers Billet and Terry Cloth...but...don't be a cleany on your beany.

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petercobber

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PostPosted: 07/01/2009 at 4:51 PM    Post subject: RE:Clean your Bean link

I used the only metal cleaner that Home Depo has - Brasso. It worked reasonably well, and a ton of grime came off the thing, but the neck still looks dull. I am thinking that it never was all that shiny to begin with, but I don't know. The EGC guitar I have is shiny. Were the early Beans shiny when they were born? My only other Bean has an Imron neck, so I have no comparison.

What do you mean by "don't be a cleany on your beany?"

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sol

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PostPosted: 07/02/2009 at 8:56 PM    Post subject: RE:Clean your Bean link

my rhyming was off. I should of said...

Don't be a meany...don't clean your beany...

just joshin' cause I like the grit...I keep my electrical and my aluminum strat buffed, which is a pain in the ass. I keep my bean raw, 'cause I like the feel. Lately I've been playin' the wood guitars (all cheapo's) for a change. Stupid Anecdote: When I got my aluminum strat, my smart-ass friend said "looks great, what are you going to do...put some wood strings on it"

If the neck was real dirty sometimes it takes several cleaning to really get it to "glow"

Raw polished aluminum is very shiny, but it gets grimy fast. If you want it to shin you have to keep up on it. Kevin at electrical or Greg Bailey could probably give you some info (and I believe they have some posts about polishing on the board...do a search)

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soarshoulder

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PostPosted: 07/03/2009 at 5:10 PM    Post subject: RE:Clean your Bean link

If you are feeling adventurous, and really want to clean it well...

sand it with a high quality 1000 grit wet paper first until it has a uniform smoothness to it. then follow with 2000 grit until it practically shines -this is the important step, it must be sanded thoroughly and uniformly with 2000 grit or higher. (I recommend meguiars paper over 3M)
To get the 2000 grit scratches out, you can use a mild foam cutting/polishing pad at 1500 -2000 RPM with mothers billet polish or any comparable compound until it is shiny. Then follow that with a swirl removing compound by hand applied and removed by hand with cheese cloth until the swirl from the polisher is gone. clean the residue with windex and your bean will look better than new.
Needless to say, you should be extremely careful not to get the wood or fretboard wet, and not to hit the instrument with the polishing wheel. You will definitely want to remove the tuners, and if possible the neck from the body. If the neck is bound by epoxy to the body then use a high quality masking tape to cover a lot of it up around the horns and neck pocket, but make sure you do not use one that leaves behind any residue. I think the green 3M tape is supposed to be the best for this.

Pretty much any neck can be cleaned up this way, but it is a bit of work and you do need to kind of know what you are doing.

best of luck

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BeanDip

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PostPosted: 07/05/2009 at 10:29 AM    Post subject: RE:Clean your Bean link

Eagle One Nevr-Dull Wadding polish will give you the result that you want. Try any auto parts store. The only other thing you could do is buff it on a wheel. That will make it look brand new.

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BoulderBean

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PostPosted: 07/06/2009 at 9:22 PM    Post subject: RE:Clean your Bean link

Nevr-Dull is what I use and is does the job well. In the five years I've had my Bean I've only polished it a couple of times. Once you have it clean, if you wipe it down after playing it, it will stay pretty nice.

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petercobber

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PostPosted: 07/07/2009 at 8:16 AM    Post subject: RE:Clean your Bean link

Thanks for all the good advice. I think I will track down some Nev'rDull and see where that gets me before I start taking the bass apart to run it over a wheel. I am not that, um, tenatious.

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soarshoulder

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PostPosted: 07/08/2009 at 8:33 AM    Post subject: RE:Clean your Bean link

yeah, Nevr Dull works well to polish up a neck that has not lost its shine completely.
On one of the beans I have owned, I think either the previous owner either sweated HCL or sanded the back of the neck down to try and give it more of a "natural feel"
whatever the case, nothing worked except the method I previously described. it did restore it 100%, but if I could have gotten away with just using Nevr Dull believe me I would have;)

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